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Using Living Labs to roll out Sustainable Strategies for Energy Poor Individuals

Using Living Labs to roll out Sustainable Strategies for Energy Poor Individuals

Objective

STEP-IN will develop a global methodology for the effective analysis and tackling of energy poverty. STEP-IN has identified three highly challenging locations with diverse characteristics across Europe including: a mountainous region in Greece, a rural area in Hungary and an urban area in the UK with low quality housing. Within each of these areas there are a range of vulnerable consumers (e.g. low income households, elderly people, single-parent households). At each of these locations a living lab will be set up which will bring together local experts and stakeholders with energy poor consumers. These labs will consist of a range of approaches including energy cafes, advisor visits and ICT systems. The ICT tools provided by STEP-IN will support consumers, advisors and local stakeholder organisations to make effective decisions. To ensure the success of the living labs STEP-IN has partnered with key local stakeholders and schemes at the chosen locations. The emphasis will be on improving the participants' quality of life through maintaining or improving comfort levels while at the same time encouraging more efficient energy usage. The energy advice provided will seek to minimize rebound effects and environmental impacts. All labs will be assessed using metrics such as energy consumption & mix, types of behavior change and levels of comfort. This will ensure that the participants benefit, while at the same time the labs’ impact can be assessed and that the global methodology is validated and can be up-scaled. This will ensure that the approaches are relevant and out with the project. The project has over 35 letters of support from organisations including regulators, MEPs, charities, energy providers, housing organisations, local authorities and Government Ministries who will take part in a stakeholder network. This will lead to the results being disseminated at local, national and EU level.
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Coordinator

LUXEMBOURG INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Address

5 Avenue Des Hauts Fourneaux
4362 Esch Sur Alzette

Luxembourg

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 546 052,50

Participants (12)

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THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 334 992,50

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 273 375

VAASAETT LTD AB OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 184 500

ARTTIC

France

EU Contribution

€ 220 843,75

ARIOSZ SZOLGALTATO INFORMATIKAI ESTANACSADO KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 63 000

THE GREATER MANCHESTER COMBINED AUTHORITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 143 020

MAGYAR MALTAI SZERETETSZOLGALAT EGYESULET

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 69 250

REGULATORY AUTHORITY FOR ENERGY (RYTHMISTIKI ARHI ENERGIAS)

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 15 000

MUNICIPALITY OF METSOVO

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 36 250

E.ON ESZAK-DUNANTULI ARAMHALOZATI ZARTKORUEN MUKODO RT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 22 450

ASSOCIAZIONE ITALIANA DIFESA CONSUMATORI ED AMBIENTE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 65 687,50

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 25 568,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 785125

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2018

  • End date

    30 November 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.7.

H2020-EU.3.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 999 990

  • EU contribution

    € 1 999 990

Coordinated by:

LUXEMBOURG INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Luxembourg